A truck parked at a residence in Sand Valley was intentionally set on fire, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. The incident, which occurred Sunday at approximately 1 a.m., is currently under investigation and Chapman says leads are being followed in the case.
The truck belonged to the owners of the residence. Chapman says those in the house were awakened by a loud noise and then a vehicle speeding away. When they looked outside, the 2007 Toyota Tundra was fully engulfed in flames.
In a separate case, a suspect was arrested Saturday night in connection with a stolen vehicle from Guntersville, according to Chapman.
The truck had been stolen earlier in the day. A relative of the owner of the vehicle saw it, followed the suspect to Walmart in Oneonta, and called the police.
The driver of the stolen vehicle, Billy Wayne Bryant, 48, was arrested for receiving stolen property and was placed in the Blount County Correctional Facility on a $50,000 bond. Additionally, the suspect is charged with a probation violation for another case of receiving stolen property. For that charge, he is being held without bond.
Chapman says Bryant is a suspect in similar cases in Guntersville.